On April 21, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) announced that a low-pressure area was forming in the Indian Ocean and South Bay of Bengal. The prediction was made 13 days before the Cyclone Fani made landfall giving enough time for the rescue operations. ‘Fani’ intensified into a cyclone on April 27. It became a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ on April 29 and into a ‘very severe cyclone’ on April 30.
A day later, it took the form of an ‘extremely severe cyclone’ and slammed into the coast of the eastern Indian state of Odisha on May 3. Cyclone Fani made landfall in Puri, Odisha and had wind speeds of anywhere between 215-250 Kmph, which is a little less than avg speed of the proposed Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet train. The cyclone was so strong that it literally tore the roof off many places in the cities of Bhubaneswar, Puri and Cuttack which saw the maximum damage.
In this episode of The Suno India Show podcast, we reached out to Mr Ranjan Panda, Country Manager – India at Climate Scorecard Project and Convenor at Water Initiatives Odisha & Combat Climate Change Network to discuss the aftermath of Cyclone Fani. He told us how the State managed to evacuate 1.2 million people in a short span of time while also highlighting the need for improving relief and rehabilitation efforts. The host Rakesh Kamal also asked Mr Panda about the impact of climate change in changing patterns of cyclones and what more needs to be done to mitigate the impact of climate change.